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Like the little black dress and denim jeans, the T-shirt is an enduring fashion item and currently it’s all about the message, writes KAY McMAHON.

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An aged pension system not designed to cover mortgage payments or rent, coupled with falling home ownership rates, is behind the growing housing crisis for older Australians.
RUSSELL HUNTER investigates.

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We were always taught as youngsters how to sew, mend, and pass on clothing if it wasn’t worn out, writes KAY McMAHON. Somewhere through the decades we have neglected teaching our children these skills.

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In 1958, an anxious but determined 23-year-old girl stepped into the pounding heat of Darwin, arriving from Cologne in Germany – the other side of the world.  She’s still here and she turns 84 this month, writes DOT WHITTINGTON.

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My father was very conscious of history and whenever some significant event was happening he made my brother and me sit quietly on the floor in front of the radio and listen to an announcement, writes DIANE AMOS.

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The Australian fashion scene in 2018 has become one of ongoing flux in customer offerings but despite the changes, writes KAY McMAHON, you don’t always have to go online to find great fashion.

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Once a year, Mt Mee dairy farmer Marty Crouch packs up his 1977 HX Holden wagon, says farewell to the cows, and heads off the beaten track for adventure and sights that most Australians will never experience, writes JOANNE CRANSTOUN.

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From growing up in London during the blitz to a glamour career as an air hostess during the golden age of air travel, MARY ATKINS recalls a colourful life – and that’s before tragedy struck her young family. She was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis at 27.

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While many Australian labels organise their production off-shore, thanks to technology several designers are immersing themselves in a slower, more personal and intimate off-shore supply chain, writes KAY McMAHON.

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Some things are too good not to share so KATE CALLAHAN is stepping aside in favour of a reader, Diane Amos, who wrote a long and interesting letter filled with recollections, musings and nostalgia.

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There are plenty of good reasons to join the thousands of older people who spend much of their leisure rehearsing and performing in a choir – for the sheer joy of singing, writes JULIE LAKE.

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Travelling the world on a motorbike sounds an audacious, adrenaline-fueled plan but, writes DOT WHITTINGTON, for a couple hovering around 60, it
was the chance to live the dream.

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I swear that this month’s column is about bad language, writes DAVID PARMITER. And I do not mean the bad language used by everyday people, journalists and some politicians – we’re used to that.

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The older I get, the more I enjoy my own company, writes KATE CALLAHAN. Gone are the days when being alone was called loneliness and existence had to be justified by non-stop activity. It’s easy to while away the hours reliving the joys of a tattered old book.

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Remember the good ol’ days? A time when life was simpler? KATE CALLAHAN introduces her new nostalgia column, Time Warp, which will recall, reminisce and ruminate on the many changes, sometimes very small ones, that have occurred during our lifetime.

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“Anything is possible in life, the impossible just takes a little longer,” says GARRY MAHER who is living proof that it’s never too late to change bad old habits and take a new lease on life.